While Jay Z and Beyonce quietly dropped their latest album exclusively on Tidal, their collaborative album Everything is Love made a huge splash with fans and critics. The latest album chronicling their marriage and relationship heartache, Everything is Love is the followup to Beyonce’s critically acclaimed Lemonade and Jay Z’s 4:44. Both albums gave fans a never before seen look into the couple’s notoriously private relationship, detailing Jay Z’s rumored infidelity and Beyonce’s heartbreak. Everything is Love is expected to be the third and final chapter for The Carters as it explores healing and rekindling the trust between Jay Z and Beyonce.
Part of that healing and strength has come from longtime friends and trusted partners Juan “OG” Perez and his wife Desiree Perez who have been close confidantes and friends of the couple. Longtime fans of Jay Z will not be surprised to hear Juan OG Perez and his wife mentioned by name in Jay Z’s songs as the two have been woven into his lyrics for over a decade. Meeting in the 90’s, Jay Z and OG Perez became fast friends, bonding over their love of New York City and sports.
OG Perez’s reliable business sense made him a confidante for the rapper and the two went onto open up several business ventures together, most notably the 40/40 Club and the hugely successful Roc Nation Sports agency. OG and Desiree Perez received their first album shoutout in 2003, on Jay’s Black Album. Over 10 years later, Jay Z and Beyonce are commemorating their friendship once again on the track Friends, which pays homage to their closest and most trusted friends.